Ready to Start the Basement

Ahhh! So so sorry I have been MIA. Between Eli, Dax, and I, we have all been extremely sick. Too sick to really even function. We all had different things ranging from tonsillitis, bronchitis, ear infections, asthma, sinus infections, fevers, croup, pneumonia scares, broken bones, etc.  It also doesn’t help that I am 38 weeks pregnant and feel like I am a 90 year old who isn’t able to take care of themself!

David has been as helpful as he possibly could be despite working full time, and he’s done as much as he could with the house in between taking care of all of us.

I have a few progress updates I hope to share before this baby arrives!

Remember when I mentioned that David agreed to hire out the basement?  It took some convincing for sure, but he finally agreed to it and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

The painters scheduled us for August 14 to start the project. We had so much prepping to do.  We needed to remove all of the shelving, book cases, wall cubes, etc. from the walls and put it all in the middle of the basement. We also had to gather all of the kids’ toys, trucks, vehicles, trampolines, and everything else in the middle as well. David needed to finish some moldings, the bar he started months ago, and he decided to replace the bathroom vanity- but we will touch on that later.

On August 13, David reached out to the painter since we haven’t heard from him for a while.  He wanted to give him the paint colors we decided on, and ask for an ETA since we had a lot going on that day. We didn’t hear back from him. The next morning, still no word. David reached out 2 times, nothing. I was telling a friend about it who uses him often, and she said he is really bad at returning messages but always shows up around 9:30. 9:30 rolls around, no show. 10:00, nothing. David finally decided to call and sure enough the painter told him he was delayed and would need to come back the next week.  That was that.

Not only was there tons of prep work David rushed to do, but the kids also lost their main play space, and it was just one more week we couldn’t get the basement ready before the baby gets here! But, what can we do?!

Let’s fast forward to Sunday night. David reaches out again, asking when they were planning on showing up this week. We wanted to plan our week around it. No response. Hours later we hear back, and the painter says “Can we reschedule to September 20?”

First of all, no, no we can’t reschedule to September 20. We were both livid, but we also thought maybe he meant August 20th. Doubtful, but it’s always good to give somebody the benefit of the doubt, right? David wanted to respond with something rude, but I told him to breathe and give himself a little time before responding. He decided to go with “I’m sorry, did you mean August 20? September won’t work as we are having a baby next week” Well, that worked out well. He got an instant response with “we will see you Wednesday” Hallelujah!

So, on Wednesday they started the basement and all we need is for this baby to stay put for at least one more week!

Nursery Round 2

This is really embarrassing, but also really typical.  As we moved Dax into his big boy room, I realized that we never finished his beautiful nursery to begin with.  I couldn’t be more annoyed that this poor child was living in an unfinished room for his entire first 2 years of life, but all we could do is make sure that this next baby has a beautiful, perfect, completed room to be born into!

Here is a little refresher of what the nursery looked like when Dax lived in this room.  It seriously was my favorite room of the house and made me so sad to have to move him out of it.  Logistically, it just makes sense for the baby to be in this room though, and once we moved Dax into his new room and realized that it didn’t fit a glider, we couldn’t have been more pleased with our decision.

Since we don’t know the gender of this baby, it makes it a little difficult to decorate. I have a set vision if it were a boy, and a set vision if it is a girl.  With Eli and Dax I wanted something very gender neutral so it made it pretty easy.  This is the first time we aren’t moving right before I go into labor, so I want to be as settled as I possibly can and that means making decisions for the room if the baby is a girl, and making decisions if it is a boy.  We picked two paint colors and we decided to paint Eli’s old crib assuming it’s a girl, and we purchased a new crib that is returnable assuming it is a boy.  That way, when the baby is born, we don’t need to decide on paint colors, or wait 8 weeks for a darn crib to come.  We ordered a gender neutral book case and dresser as well which helped with my stress level. It literally took me weeks to make a decision on these two pieces of furniture.

As we emptied the room out to move everything into Dax’s new room, there was a lot more we noticed that was unfinished than we originally anticipated.  So, now that we have our paint colors decided, it is time to prep these walls, and complete some other items that never got checked off of our list.

Bye Bye Pool Table

Happy Monday!!

The previous owners left us a nice pool table in our basement when we purchased the house from them.  At the time we thought that was the coolest thing ever.  What more could David and the boys want? Plus, pool tables aren’t cheap, so this would eventually save us thousands of dollars.  Was it the look we are going for? Absolutely not, but it is hidden in the basement so who really cares?

The longer we have lived here, the more we change our minds about whether or not to keep the pool table.  It takes up so much room in the basement and the kids would have a ton more room to run and play with it being gone.  Some days we are like let’s get rid of it and some days we know it makes sense to keep it.  However, who knows if we will even want to be in this house by the time the boys are old enough to use it.

As we are getting ready for our basement to be done, we realized it’s best if we got rid of the table…for good.  If we are still in this house long enough for the boys to want one, we can buy another one when they are ready.  Right now they aren’t, and they deserve the proper place to play.

Of course now the ideas are flowing on what we can do with all of the space, but I think we will be much happier with not only the basement, but the entire house with this new plan.

Hiring out the Basement

I’ve mentioned multiple times now that the new rule with our home renovation is that if David doesn’t finish by the timeline I give him, we will be hiring out the next project (or portions of it).

I will admit I’ve been giving him some wiggle room with certain things, but when it comes to the basement, it’s a non negotiable.

Months ago David agreed to hire the basement out. I allowed him to knock down and build the new bar, build the built in media unit, redo the floors, and some other minor things. He said we can hire out the drywall and paint. Not completely sure what happened, but we never followed through with our painter, and the basement has been at a standstill since February/ March.

We spent so much time organizing and going through a lot of our stuff and finally felt like we were in a good place for the kids to play down there and have play dates down there. Well, that went out the door…quickly.

The basement is beyond a hot mess. It gives me so much anxiety even being down there. I pretty much am down there just to work out with my boyfriend, I mean Peloton. Not to mention the spiders down there. Yikes!!

After David finished Dax’s big boy room by his deadline, he admitted that he really didn’t want to do the basement. Not sure if it was my lack in pressure or what, but I couldn’t be more relieved, thrilled, happy, ecstatic that we are hiring out this project.

They start in August which means we have to go through everything. I’m tired of just organizing boxes and bins. I want to use this as an opportunity to go through every box and every bin and purge purge purge.

So far we have gotten through the storage closet and have a long way to go, but by doing a little bit each night, we are sure to get this done before August!

I can’t wait to finally have a clean and organized space that doesn’t give me anxiety, and yes I know I’ve said this before!

French Drain

Pregnancy brain is real. So, I have a bunch of progress updates on Dax’s big boy room- starting with his floors being completed, but I forgot to take pictures of the floors. David has moved on to painting, so the floors are completely covered with paper which means I can’t take pictures. You’re just going to have to wait a little while longer. David does have until July 1 to complete the room, so hopefully that means I can take the pictures this weekend!

Moving onto another topic…we had some rain drainage issues with our last patio, and David has talked about getting a french drain put in for months. I was a little surprised that  he didn’t mention it to our contractor when we put in the new patio.

Of course, once the patio was completed, we had some major rain over here and we started to notice how much water was building up next to the patio.  David said “Well, we need a french drain put in”. No sh*t!! I reminded him that he mentioned that before, multiple times and was confused why he didn’t have one put in while we were building the patio.  His reasoning was that he wanted to see where they put the patio, the elevation of it, and if it made a difference with the water problem.  So, now that the patio is done, it apparently is time to get this french drain in, or else we will get this mini pond every time it rains.  No thanks!

Dax’s Big Boy Room: Before

I hope that you all had a nice long weekend. We spent a lot of time working on some projects, eating way too much food, and celebrating Dax’s second birthday early.

After a lot of going back and forth, we decided to move Dax into a big boy room, and we will make his current nursery the new baby’s.  This room is the last guest room of the house, and is also the only untouched room since we have moved here two years ago.

The room is painted in Chicago Cubs colors, and the carpet is beyond nasty.  I’m glad we have an urgent excuse to redo it.  I say urgent because we want to get Dax into this room ASAP.  I want him in here and settled a while before the baby comes, because I don’t want him to feel like we are kicking him out of his room for a new baby to take it over.

The first thing to go will be the carpet, and I am sure the room will look better immediately!

Patio Demo

A couple of weekends ago, I caught David staring out of our kitchen window with that look he always gets when he has an idea for a project. I creepily watched him for a little and then finally asked him “what????” He of course responded with “nothing” as he usually does, and proceeds to say “well, just trying to figure out what to do with this patio”.

I heard him out, and not sure why I was so surprised to hear that he wanted to tackle this himself. I mean it’s not like he’s in the middle of our mudroom and pantry/planning center- he told me it would be finished in January. It’s also not like we have a punch list of 283748474894 things and a nursery to get started (yes, I’m pregnant again and never announced it). Ahhh!!

I respectfully kept listening, but then told him maybe it was a good idea to get some bids from local companies. We had two guys come over a day later and somebody else the following week.

After receiving three bids, we went with a guy who brought us samples and created a 3D layout of what the patio would look like.

We wanted it to look pretty, but we also didn’t want to spend too much since we most likely won’t live in this house forever. We figured, if we decide to stay, we can add on things like a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, etc.

They arrived at the house by 8am on a Wednesday morning and the entire patio was demoed before 4. Ya, that would have taken David weeks, if not months. The men working on the yard were super respectful and even cleaned up the best they could by the end of the day. It was definitely a good start to the project!

Front Door

Our old front door might not have been ugly, but it wasn’t our taste, and it definitely wasn’t the look we were going for in this house.  Home Depot was having a little sale, so we decided to pull the trigger and replace the door. The installers told us that it would be a 5-6 hour process and we had to be home 100% of the time, oh, and they don’t do weekends.  This is pretty much impossible for any household I assume.  I had to take the boys to school and pick them up, and even though that wouldn’t take long, I still wasn’t allowed to leave the house.  David had to work from home that day to make the door installation doable.  It ended up taking less than 6 hours to install, and I couldn’t be happier with how it looks.  The door isn’t painted yet because we wanted to wait until we know what color we are painting the house, but the primer (white) actually works with our current house color, so we will leave it for now.

Boys’ Bathroom: Before

We finally are starting the boys’ bathroom! We weren’t going to be doing this room for a year or so, but it got to the point where it was just time to get it done, and fast! We assumed that we would have used the contractors that we used for the rest of the house, but we decided to get a few more bids this time. After receiving 3 bids (not including our original contractor), it turns out that our original contractor was going to charge us double what some of the others came out at. Not only was the price completely out of control, but after giving him so much business, it felt like he was taking advantage.  We went with a different company that was highly recommended and half the price, so far the process has been smooth.  They came to demo the bathroom today, so of course I snapped some before pictures.

Enjoy this beauty of a bathroom!

Have a great weekend!

Never Eating Chives Again

I feel like it’s been forever since I gave an update. Last week totally messed me up with David’s birthda, and the 4th, but I’m back!!

Now that David (mostly) finished the dog run fence, it was time to focus on the inside area of the dog run. Our dog is super picky about where he goes potty. It’s so ridiculous how high maintenance pugs are. He goes fine in grass, but when he poops, he digs it all up. He has long claws, so the dirt or mud after the snow or rain gets stuck in his paws and then he runs around like a Tasmanian devil while we try to clean him up. It’s just too much when I also have an insane baby to chase around. In our Scoria Lane yard, we had grass and replaced it with bark chips that were easy to clean, and the dog had no issues doing his business in them.  We thought that putting some mulch in this yard will make less of a mess when he goes outside. Of course in some areas there is grass, but the main portion of his dog run is now mulch.

Let’s take it back a notch though…

The area that we planned on covering with mulch, was covered with chives. Yes, chives. So random because there is no garden there. Maybe the previous owners started a garden and didn’t maintain it, but I still don’t understand why anybody would plant so many chives. I mean the area was completely covered. It just doesn’t make sense. So obviously the first thing that David had to do was remove the darn chives. This was a lot more work than he anticipated which should’nt be a surprise to anyone.

We had to get all of the chives by the roots, but while he was working on that he noticed some old tree roots, and the sprinkler system wiring that was cut, spliced, and exposed. So after removing the tree root, digging a trench for the wires, and the burying the wires, it was time to dig out the chives. We wanted to make sure they stayed away…for good. So David sprayed the crap out of the area with some type of chemical so they won’t grow back (hopefully).

After he sprayed, he laid out some weed block, and then started to pour the mulch.  We went with black because we hope to paint our house.  We figured black would work with the colors we are debating between.  It might look weird now, but the space already looks 10x better, and we aren’t even done! There are still more areas with chives, as well as some areas where we need to plant some grass.  We really need to find a landscape architect to come help us with the ridiculous concrete situation as well.  Ah, the things we do for our pets!! If we continue to have no rain, hopefully this dog area will be complete within a week or two, and then on to the next project!

Until then, and most likely forever, I will never be eating chives again!